Brazil anti-corruption fight 'a revolution': judge

Brazil's Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski in Brasilia, Brazil on March 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Evaristo Sa) (AFP/File)

Washington (AFP) - Brazil's huge anti-corruption campaign, which has already snared leading politicians and business executives, is a "revolution" in the way Latin America's biggest country is run, the head of the Supreme Court said Monday.

The president of Brazil's highest court, Judge Ricardo Lewandowski, said he was "very proud of the judges in Brazil. They are absolutely independent and one of the pillars of democracy."

"It's a revolution. Because the judicial authorities are taking action in the face of scandal," he said during a visit to Washington.

Lewandowski said anti-corruption probes, especially the sprawling "Car Wash" investigation into a bribes and embezzlement scheme centered on national oil giant Petrobras, "are very well run."

"Everything will come to light," he said during a conference at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank.

"No one can interfere in the investigations under way. Not even I, as president of the STF (court)..., can make a telephone call and ask that they hold up an investigation," he said.

A string of major executives at huge companies such as Petrobras and construction giant Odebrecht have been charged and in many cases detained during the "Car Wash" probe.

Prosecutors have revealed how elite figures enriched themselves by overbilling Petrobras through artificially padded contracts between 2004-2014. Major politicians including the controversial speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, have also been caught up in the probe.

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